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The main fault with cars sits behind the wheel

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Martin Pawley's frustrated verbalisation of some universal truths in the car war (AJ 25.10.01) can be distilled further:

cars can be as cheap and frugal as imaginable, but generally cost households the exact amount that motor manufacturers calculate they will sacrifice.

They can suppress their toxic emissions under extreme duress. They can be noiseless, but account for the cacophony which has engulfed us for a hundred years. They can be small or large, fast or slow - as ego dictates, rather than as need arises.

Petrol or electric, across a full range of models, I am sure.

Yes, speed bumps, bus lanes and cameras are no boon to the urban fabric, but are the muffled response to the basic problem of cars which Mr Pawley fails to address: drivers.

James Hulme, office manager, Alsop Architects

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